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Wednesday, October 3, 2007
@ 2:31 PM
At last!
The other day I was about to walk by the television when I was stopped in my tracks! CNN was showing some mug shots of pedophiles, and lo and behold, there was Rick McLean's face on the screen with the information that he had been a Jehovah's Witness official. It was all right there on television in front of millions of people! I was ecstatic. I'd read about him on Silentlambs and there he was on TV. I haven't seen his picture and description on TV since then, but I hope the media keeps showing his picture and the information about him on television along with mug shots and descriptions of other pedophiles. Seeing his picture on television and knowing that the media was being open about his having been a JW absolutely put me in a glow! Has anyone else seen his picture and description on TV? He is definitely wanted by the FBI! Hooray!

JB Tuesday, October 2, 2007
@ 12:28 PM
Response to Anonymous
The latest Watchtower may say that JW's are supposed to be law abiding, but don't forget the other rule about only telling the truth to people who need to know. The W.T.B.&T.S. instructs the rank and file not to report child abuse to police but instead to the elders, who in turn do nothing or very little about it. The average JW has had it pounded into their heads that they are subject to a higher authority. The sad thing is that evidence points out that the higher authority is the Society and not God.

man711 Tuesday, October 2, 2007
@ 9:01 AM
law
A comment on being law abiding. Now the WBTS is advocating disobedience to ceasars laws by not turning child molesters over to the authorities. How can they justify this? They can't scripturally!

aNoNyMoUs Monday, October 1, 2007
@ 7:27 PM
Things to think about...
The Watchtower yesterday stated that true Jehovah's Witnesses are law-abiding citizens. If this was the case, why do several judges state that the Jehovah's Witnesses are not following the law by calling the police when there is a child pedophile problem? Some of these judges are perturbed by Jehovah's Witnesses lack of ability in being law-abiding. Since judges are there to represent the law, why are they upset with Jehovah's Witnesses. It seems that Jehovah's Witnesses are taking the law in thier own hands. Definately not law abiding as the Watchtower claims.

DJB Sunday, September 30, 2007
@ 8:16 PM
Article on Children?????
It is always Parent do this, Parent do that, Children do this, Children do that... etc. The Watchtower Society takes NO responsibility, as the greater community, for a safe place to worship. That's all the JW children/parents depend on them for. They always promise all a spiritual paradise "like streams of water in a waterless country" that it is refreshing...etc. They think that by pretending pedophilia isn't there or they have repented, the problem will go away. How can parents protect and keep their children safe when they are not given the TOOLS to do it? For example - forbidden access to children at hall or knowing names of abusers. For WTBTS Society to acknowledge that there is a problem so parents can be watchful... but they don't. The members have a right to know of the WOLVES in their midst... To go to the Kingdom Hall, right now, is like a boat trying to navigate down a water way, with no charts or no maps showing where it is safe to travel, so they can avoid the rocks just below the surface and other dangers. The boat in real life is sure to run a ground. Without the charts and maps showing where the dangers (rocks hidden just below the surface) are accidents are ineluctable/inescapable... Shipwreck guaranteed... The same as with going to the Kingdom Hall. Child Abuse is ineluctable/inescapable unless the greater community WTBTS Society provides the tools, like the maps and charts as it were, for all to protect their children. The rocks/Pedophiles, hidden just below the surface, need to be identified, so parents can navigate safely with their children, like the boat as it were. Until they, WTBTS Society as the greater community, do this they will remain the major part of the problem... For parents to fulfill their responsibility, they will have to figuratively flee from the Jerusalem (center of worship) to the mountains as Jesus warned in first century. What is Jesus warning for today?? If the rest of Matthew 24 has a modern day application so too should this verse!!!!! We do well to heed Jesus warning today...DJB

Cheri Romero Sunday, September 30, 2007
@ 7:54 PM
To Sam K
In answer to your question, NO!!! They do not acknowledge their wrongs nor do they apologize to the victims in any of these cases. They allow this to continue and actually protect the offenders even spending the money acquired from the worldwide ministry work to defend the accused in court.

DJB Sunday, September 30, 2007
@ 6:24 PM
To Earl
How true!!! How true!!! DJB

Sam K Saturday, September 29, 2007
@ 6:28 PM
Magazine push
I was presented with the Awake magazine, Keep your children Safe!, this morning. I am a law student at Northwestern University. Being curious and knowing the many cases presented against the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society as regards to child abuse, I wanted to know if they publicly apologized to their readership regarding their sex problem. I reviewed their articles and were amazed that there was no mention of Watchtower's policy on sex abuse. It seemed odd that this religion is oblivious of their own illegal activity. I showed my law professor the article and he stated that this was a public relations stunt. When companies are doing illegal things they release to the public a statement to smooth over their problems. I am all for more stringent laws on child abuse. I believe there is freedom of religion as long as it obeys common laws that everyone else has to obey.

JB Friday, September 28, 2007
@ 11:30 PM
Laws
I agree that there should be very tough laws enforced against pedophiles, but they won't do much good among the vast majority of JW's. Child molestation must be reported before a charge, trial or conviction can be made. Along with tougher penalties for molesters, laws need to be made to penalize religions that cover up abuse. Taking away their tax exempt status would be a good start, because it is apparent that the W.T.B.& T.S. values their money making operation more than their own congregants.

Thursday, September 27, 2007
@ 1:07 PM
To Earl
Now if only ALL the other states would follow Michigan's awesome example, there might actually be some headway made against the crime of pedophilia! Idaho is another state that has indicated it wants to come down harder on child molesters. I hope they mean really hard! Since pedophilia is an illness, an incurable illness, it seems as if there should be special wards for them in mental hospitals or prisons. Just so they cannot get near children again - - ever! Yes, enough is enough, already! It was enough a long, long time ago. These predators should not be out on the streets anymore. Ever. Period.

Earl Tuesday, September 25, 2007
@ 9:39 PM
Tough laws in Michigan
I found this info while researching restrictions on pedophiles. I was thinking " what a difference this would make if all the churches would co-operate with the laws that are already in place." 03 Sep 2006 12:00 am A new set of state laws that took effect last week toughens penalties against pedophiles, creating minimum mandatory sentences of life in prison or 25 years in prison, and putting offenders on lifetime tethers. Hailed by law enforcement officials and politicians, the laws are part of a nationwide effort to enact "Jessica's Law" and a signal that society believes that pedophiles cannot be rehabilitated and should be locked up. State Rep. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, who introduced two of the main bills in Michigan, said the disgust people have had with repeat crimes by child rapists and molesters led to fairly easy passage of the laws earlier this year. "It's a belief that pedophiles cannot change," Pavlov said. "You have almost a 100 percent repeat rate (among child predators). When they're behind bars, they're not out there looking for their next victim. Society has had enough."

ME Tuesday, September 25, 2007
@ 8:16 PM

Someone below asked if Michael Porter isn't disobeying the law when preaching at houses with children. I'm not in the U.K. but imagine it all depends on the laws there. Since the Judge went so light on him maybe that keeps him free to do so. Hopefully the prosecuting attorney's appeal will lead to a real punishment and also keep him from preaching at doors.

JB Tuesday, September 25, 2007
@ 11:40 AM
To Earl
Every case of parole/probation of a pedophile that I've read about in the news has had a 'stay away from children' requirement. I don't think the organization is thumbing its nose at the law as much as it is trying to hide pedophiles from the congregants. If all of the known perverts were followed to the bathroom at the Kingdom Halls and prohibited from going door to door, members would start to wonder why and eventually realize just how many of these creeps are among them. I was disfellowshipped for 13 years before I realized that the abuse I suffered wasn't an isolated incident. I thank God for Bill Bowen's first appearance on Dateline, because that's when I learned that I wasn't the only one. Still today, JW's live in the W.T.B.& T.S. vaccum!

Lee B. Monday, September 24, 2007
@ 9:03 PM
Seven Steps
Hey everyone should check out this web site http://tss-thesevensteps.blogspot.com I tried it and it has been an amazing help with my guilt and fear that comes from speaking out about the child abuse isseus within the organization.

Samuel Jackowski Monday, September 24, 2007
@ 6:07 PM
a comment
I was presented with the Awake magazine about protecting children from pedophiles. Getting advice on protecting children from a pedophile infested organization is like asking the Devil how to be good. I respectfully declined the man from giving me the magazine. The United States legislature needs to enact laws against such wicked people.

JB Monday, September 24, 2007
@ 8:13 AM
Cathy J
Good for you! If even one of those JW's acts on the information that you gave them, an unknown number of children may be saved from sexual abuse now and in the future. I've been in touch with many of my relatives, some of whom are former JW's, and I've learned that sex abuse of children goes back at least three generations in my extended family that includes in-laws. I am not surprised that the JW's at your door had no idea about the pedophilia problem in their own organization. Being a JW means living in a vacuum; you only are told what the W.T.B& T.S. want you to know.

Earl Sunday, September 23, 2007
@ 11:44 AM
Restrictions on Pedophiles
I too have wondered how those accused can carry on in their public life. I am going to do some research into sentencing and try to find a typical set of rules they must follow. JW's will tell you that they have no control of who attends their meetings and they say " We are not police but then they will say that they watch the activities of a pedophile and send someone with him when they go out in service. So which is it? We all know that elders have much power such as to tell one to be quiet or threaten disfellowshiping. I did get a jw to agree that there are other ways to get their word out besides requiring a dangerous man to go out door to door. Why would an organization tempt a pedophile by sending him into homes with kids, and why would they put the public at risk if they cared about people? There is phone calling that one can do and computer access so why risk the possibility that a pedophile will make new contacts? The intent of the laws that are in place are to protect the public not to step on peoples rights. They don't seem to get that there are consequences for such evil activity and some rights are automatically lost. Common sense would tell anyone to keep these guys away from kids. I have heard that a ped will be followed to the bathroom in some congregations for the safety of the group but what about the general public? From the stories we have seen of these repeat offenders being let out in public only to continue their dirty deeds proves we must tighten up our liberal laws that protect the perpetrators. If a jw is going to follow around a pedophile they have taken on some responsibility to keep him in check, the jw should also know the laws and abide by them if someone has been ordered to stay away from kids. I just feel like jws are snubbing their noses at the law and the public safety, so much for showing love for mankind. We all have the right to know who is at our door and maybe even in our house's. Do you think the jw's provide that info to the public? They need to know we are watching them.

Cathy J, Sunday, September 23, 2007
@ 11:24 AM
Experience
I just had Jehovah's Witnesses at my door they showed me their Awake magazine on child abuse. I asked them why they are presenting me this magazine when their religion actively pursues protecting pedophiles in their church. They were puzzled. It seems that their own members do not know what is happening in their own churches. I continued my conversation with them and the printouts of the various judicial trials against the Watchtower. They told me they would talk to their priest about it. I told them that my receiving of this magazine would be supporting their cause. I told them that I would not be interested. Also, I told them that the Bible does not support Watchtowers' cause on protecting pedophiles.

Beth Nopwaskey Saturday, September 22, 2007
@ 1:14 PM
good work
keep up the good work! as a former victim of child abuse i am glad to see many help websites loaded with information!

Quentin James Friday, September 21, 2007
@ 7:26 PM
Puzzled?
Is not Mister Porter disobeying the law when he is out in his JW door-to-door activity? Why is he allowed to visit homes with children at home? This does not make sense! Please respond. Thanks.

To YAV Friday, September 21, 2007
@ 7:12 PM
Let's count the countries
Let's add the countries of Canada, United States, Australia, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. That's five (5) countries.

MB Tuesday, September 18, 2007
@ 1:06 PM
Thanks Bill!
If you look at the top of the Silentlambs web page, you will see a box with a Goggle search engine. Type in 'Silentlambs Japan' and it will bring up the event along with pictures where Silentlambs was invited to visit Japan to speak about the problem of abuse within the Watchtower organization. I think although Jonathan has no 'tact' with his comments and expressing himself, he is stating his appreciation for Bill Bowen taking his time and making personal sacrifices to help educate the public as to how to protect children from sexual abuse in the Jehovah's Witness religion. Thanks Bill, as we see you don't shoot from the hip, but you speak from your heart!!!!

JB Tuesday, September 18, 2007
@ 12:19 PM
Post by J. Haynes
What is he talking about? I can't find a post about visiting Japan.

Jonathan H Tuesday, September 18, 2007
@ 1:38 AM
Silent Lambs in Japan
The account of the Silent Lambs trip to Japan was good. It sounds like you have some very serious concerns and I hope you made progress if child protection is your aim. You also made some observations of cultural life that may need another look. First of all, you called Sapporo, "Shapiro." Sapporo is a well-known city here. Your description of the onsen or public bath at your hotel showed an apparent desire to understand the culture. >We left Shapporo the following day to get back home. It was a case of planes, trains, and automobiles to get back to Tokyo . Altogether it took about six to seven hours to get back to where we started. It was an exhausting trip but we got the job done none the less and were glad to do so. We were able to do some sight seeing while there which included a 1400 year old Buddhist [sic] temple that was located on a large estate. This building was around fourteen hundred years old and housed one of the largest Buddhas [sic] in Japan Part of the compound [sic] was the tame deer that the visitors fed The temple had a 100 ft Buddha inside with all kinds of ways for you to make donations to assist Buddha to hear your prayers. They had prayer planks, sticks, papers, candles, and incense all about $5 each. With each one you wrote out your prayer they would take them and burn them together on one big fire. That way Buddha could answer them all at once. Nothing like being organized! The trip overall was an amazing journey to see another culture of wonderful people. The Japanese people are very kind, helpful and honest. I never at anytime felt in any danger or in a bad place. Only about 1% of Japanese speaks English so it was a real assistance to have someone with you that could translate and navigate the trains, planes and subway routes. My host was more than gracious and made the trip very accommodating. Your analysis of the people's prayer activities within the worship facility but pointing out that they pay for the prayer items within, that was worth mentioning. Either way, the tone was less respectful than I would expect from such a fine ambassador to what you describe as a great country. Respectfully, Jonathan Haynes silentlambs reply------------------------------------------------------ -- Spelling has been corrected and noted above and some adjustment to wording. Thank you for observations of the worldwide work of silentlambs in assisting abuse survivors.

J.N. Monday, September 17, 2007
@ 4:38 PM
I support JW abuse survivors
My heart is with you, and you have my support, stay strong you give me courage to take a stand for what is right.

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